Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 Light gold in color with a large and morphing head of white foam. Beautiful and incredibly fragrant aroma with hints of peach, pear, apple, banana, clove, strong yeast and perhaps a hint of coriander, though I doubt it was used. Coriander continues on suprisingly with big, bright fruit forward notes, especially apple and pear (skin mainly) along with hints of orange peel. Big, full body. Simply an incredible, world class beer in my opinion.
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled, BBE 07/2006) Very hazy, orange color with a huge head, and solid yeast particles in the bottom of glass. Citric-hoppy, yeasty, slightly sour and peppery aroma, which is quite mild at start because of the large head. The head reveals a quite interesting aroma with hints of spiciness and toffee. Fruity, quite hoppy, slightly peppery-spicy, quite dry flavor. Long, bitter and spicy finish. Medium-bodied, smooth, somewhat bitter palate with foamy, but balanced carbonation. Hides the ABV very well. An excellent, refreshing and strong blonde ale.
JorisPPattyn (7887) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge, dense and very white head, leaving real Flemish lace; orangey tinted golden beer, the end full of floating UFO’s. Creamy nose, but at the same time some adstringency into the mucosae: whiff of ammonia/nitrites? The Western-Flemish water? Changing into very dry-hopped notes, as well as candi sugar aroma. Very roasted/toasted initial taste. Hop impression (bitter, but even more aromatic) as seldom found in a B. Beer; As a Californian I˛PA, but with European hops, stead of USA. Fully attenuated, the candi sugar has left an aromatic impression, but no sweetness. Ends as if bitter chocolate was added; yet there remains a fruity (grapey) flavour. "Dry" doesn’t even come close. Well-bodied. Superb balance, with just the one emphasis on hop flavour. Wow. This is Kris’ "Hopdink", with the beer to back it. Must try. Much better than remembered.
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful golden color, giant head. Nice woody aroma; old hops. Good body, malty, immediately overwhelmed by a very strong bitterness; the old hops add some astringency. Softer, sweeter and spicier when warmer. Very long final. Really good!
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light spicy/wheaty aroma. Huge head atop of gold haze. Sweet fruity flavour almost with apple. Light wheat beer flavour too. Little bit thin in feel but still a nice beer. Alcohol very well disguised.
Bov (9452) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
cloudy dark orange colour, fine creamy head and a beautiful lacing, aroma of orange peal and bread with some spicy notes, creamy mouthfeel, full-bodied, very strong bitterness, long dry and bitter aftertaste of orange peal and spices with a touch of alcohol - not the most complex of the De Dolle brews but marvelously made and deeply pleasant !
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Copenhagen beer marathon 2004. Hazy golden color, heavy yeast spicy aroma, light sweet fruity taste, medium body, light dry bitter finish.
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Urbain’s place in Veurne. Vintage 2002. Deep gold color with a huge head and with an outstanding livelyness. Very refeshing aroma’s of vegetal hop, citrus, fine yeast and some spicyness. Round mouthfeel with a very sexy dryness and an outstanding balance between freshness, bitterness and smoothnees. it has a fine afthertaste that lingers on and on.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Copenhagen Beermarathon 2004: Cloudy yellow/golden with a thin white head, Malt and yeast aroma. Taste is refreshingly spicy for a blond.
dry slightly bitter finnish
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Lightly spicy blonde. Some banana yeastyness, with some appley acidity in the finish, bitter, dry finish, classy blond.